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Monday, 31 August 2015 05:31 By Agather Atuhaire
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How politics defeated financial logic

In the run-up to the last presidential and parliamentary elections in 2011, Irish Times reporter Jody Clarke wrote a story under the headline “How to keep winning elections –Uganda style”.

It reported on the frustration caused by last-minute demarcation of new electoral areas to some aspirants, including Mukono Municipality MP, Betty Nambooze.

“I have 10,000 posters, billboards and banners that say ‘Vote Betty. Mukono North’ but now I’m standing in Mukono Municipality because it was decided six months ago to subdivide the constituency - again,” Clarke quoted Nambooze saying.

Nambooze had a year earlier wrestled the constituency from the decades-long grip of Rev. Bakaluba Mukasa, a ruling party stalwart. It was a tough contest that involved President Yoweri Museveni campaigning for her opponent, and ended in the Supreme Court and a by-election. Based on that outcome, President Museveni’s NRM were certain to lose the election in Mukono North. But they devised a plan not to lose – they created new districts and new constituencies.

For a start,  the government chomped Mukono into three districts; Mukono, Buikwe, and Buvuma.

Monday, 24 August 2015 07:38 By Agather Atuhaire
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How dangerous can confusion between Leader of Opposition and Opposition Chief Whip be?

But not one opposition MP followed him out.   Only four of the 67 opposition MPs ended up outside with their leader.

In fact, even the Opposition Chief Whip, Cecilia Ogwal (Dokolo Woman) who is supposed to beat everyone into line stayed behind as did the Shadow Attorney General, Abdu Katuntu.

It was a low moment for Wafula Oguttu and another sign of the confusion in the opposition side of parliament.

The opposition’s ugly performance during the debate on the Constitutional Amendment Bill has left many wondering whether the opposition will ever have a significant influence in parliament.

Monday, 24 August 2015 06:22 By Patrick Kagenda
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Delegates feted as National Council meeting confronts party financing organ

Self-declared Uganda Peoples Congress (UPC) president, Jimmy Akena, won some and lost some on Aug. 15 in two events linked to his fight to control the party.

Starting Aug.13, Akena hosted his faction to a National Council seating at Jokas Hotel in Kampala.

But as the meeting was ending on Aug.15, officials of a major financing arm of the party; the Milton Obote Foundation (MoF), attempted to kick the Akena faction out of the party headquarters on Uganda House in Kampala.

Monday, 10 August 2015 07:17 By Dicta Asiimwe
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TDA has to forge a united front since, for the alliance to be relevant; it needs all the big players on board

The Democratic Alliance (TDA) which brings together groups opposed to President YoweriMuseveni plans to snub newly re-elected Democratic Party (DP) President-General Norbert Moa and accept his archrival, Erias Lukwago as a member, The Independent has learnt. But Mao says he will walk away if TDA accepts Lukwago and his supporters who are mostly DP leaning politicians.

I expect the democratic alliance not to entertain splinter groups. And if they entertain any from DP, I will walk out of the alliance,” says Mao.

With the two DP factions still at loggerheads, TDA has to figure out a way to forge unity, since for the alliance to be relevant, it appears to need both.

Lukwago accuses Mao of ignoring reconciliation efforts led by party elders and says he has formed a pressure group, through which he is now working to file a formal application to join the TDA. The move follows Mao’s decision to organise a Delegate’s Conference which locked out many members of Uganda’s oldest party

Father Gaetano Batanyenda, an influential member of the TDA, says that Lukwago and his DP splinter group of parliamentarians and councilors will be accepted into the Alliance once they apply.  He refused to address himself to Mao’s pronouncements, calling them hearsay.

Monday, 03 August 2015 05:19 By Flavia Nassaka
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But more conflicts feared as party fails to resolve feuds

Katomi Kingdom Resort hotel, near Entebbe town, on the shores of Lake Victoria was on July 24 bathed in a sea of green and white, the colours of Uganda’s oldest party, the Democratic Party, which was holding its Delegates Conference there. Excited supporters draped in fancy costumes in party colours chanted, screamed, and waved placards of their leader Norbert Mao. Some even had face paints of his name.

It was frenzied as the incumbent National Vice President John Baptist Kawanga who doubled as the presiding officer, invited Mao to the podium and Mao’s first statement revealed how emotionally moved he was.


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